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The GOP were all open arms with this new sys­tem, and soon the Democrats needed to sign on to remain com­pet­i­tive.

We now have a Congress re­spon­sive to whomever is forth­com­ing with big money, and our democ­racy has be­come an oli­garchy. The only solution is to out­law large do­na­tions — com­pletely. Cor­po­ra­tions can still have lob­by­ists, but with­out the al­lure of large money to sup­port their po­si­tion. This will al­low ev­ery­one to have a voice in our democ­racy again. By plac­ing a limit on the do­na­tions of our cit­i­zens, say $50 or

$100, we would all have a voice in our gov­ern­ment. There is no place in a democ­racy for the in­sane logic prof­fered by the Supreme Court in Cit­i­zens United. re­jected the sci­en­tific ev­i­dence on cli­mate change as pro­pa­ganda pro­duced by the $1.5 tril­lion sub­sidy that the “Cli­mate In­dus­trial Com­plex” re­ceives from George Soros and other left­ist bil­lion­aires.

That bit of fan­tasy sounds like it came from the same myth ma­chine that gave us the thing about Hil­lary Clin­ton and the pe­dophiles.

And con­sid­er­ing the pre­pon­der­ance of ev­i­dence for cli­mate change, ex­pect­ing Todd to give equal cre­dence to cli­mate de­niers is like ex­pect­ing a grape on a plat­form of a bal­ance scale to be level with a wa­ter­melon on the other plat­form.

What else should we ex­pect from the peo­ple who ig­nore the lies their pres­i­dent says ev­ery day as ac­cept­able from our pres­i­dent? tion, I have seen mul­ti­ple times when the cit­i­zens of the U.S. have made bad choices, many times based on race. No one stopped An­drew Jack­son even when the Supreme Court ruled that seiz­ing Na­tive Amer­i­can cit­i­zens’ prop­erty and march­ing them to Ok­la­homa (then not a state). No one stopped Franklin D. Roo­sevelt from im­pris­on­ing Ja­panese-Amer­i­cans and hav­ing them lose prop­erty.

Now we are do­ing it again. The Dix­iecrats and old Klan mem­bers who now claim to be Repub­li­cans are wag­ing an­other war to keep out Mex­i­cans that are es­sen­tial to Cal­i­for­nia. Why them, when we gave asy­lum to Cubans from Cas­tro? Sev­eral are now U.S. sen­a­tors.

I would point out that this is un-Chris­tian ex­cept those who are Repuib­li­can al­ready don’t prac­tice Chris­tian­ity as taught by Christ. What to do? For­get them. Do what is right. We have so much; we con­sume 67 per­cent of every­thing pro­duced in the world. (look it up) We just cel­e­brated Christ­mas. Be gen­er­ous, not greedy. DEMOCRATS CAN BE AS BAD AS REPUB­LI­CANS

On Gene Robke’s let­ter about voter fraud, it’s in­ter­est­ing how he will claim that the only voter fraud go­ing on is in Repub­li­can states, that only Repub­li­cans are do­ing this to make sure we win or some­thing. Mean­while does he have proof that we are? To him and many other Democrats they want us Repub­li­cans to be­lieve that we are too dumb or some­thing to do the right thing, while they are all smart and pre­fect and all that they will al­ways do right.

Democrats can be just as bad as the Repub­li­cans. Don­ald Trump has been do­ing a good job and will con­tinue to do, even though Democrats are do­ing their level best to go af­ter him, say­ing he’s this and that, but show no proof or ev­i­dence.

– Lee Knohl, Evanston – Ray Holl­mann, Fairview Heights CLI­MATE CHANGE IS NOT PRO­PA­GANDA

– Lori Felts, Wor­den

Af­ter hear­ing on Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio that Bre­it­bart News com­plained about Chuck Todd’s “Meet the Press” story “Cli­mate Cri­sis” not hav­ing any in­put from cli­mate change de­niers, I de­cided to check the na­ture of the com­plaint.

In a lengthy ar­ti­cle, Bre­it­bart’s ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor James Del­ing­pole OUR LAZI­NESS WILL HURT US MAKE AMER­ICA DEMO­CRATIC AGAIN

The time is com­ing quickly when our lazi­ness as cit­i­zens will hurt us. I know how it is; dur­ing my ca­reer years I too was most con­cerned about my job and fam­ily. I didn’t look long term.

But that is like not sav­ing a dime.

In my time and ed­uca-

In the ’50s and ’60s our con­gress­men were avail­able to hear the voices of their cit­i­zens. Start­ing in the ’70s a flood of lob­by­ists de­scended on Washington, D.C., fol­lowed by a flood of large cam­paign do­na­tions by cor­po­ra­tions.

– Joseph Re­ichert, Belleville

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